New home page!

This website has a new front page... but the other pages are still all the same while I update the rest of the site to the new design. The Images, Research and Work tabs above link back into the old site, while the links and items below will provide more up-to-date information and images.


Photography and Design

Contact me to commission photography, or for the design of books, leaflets and interpretative material.

Stained Glass Research

Links for research concerning stained glass in churches in Wales.

Saints' Cults in Wales

A four-year research project editing medieval Welsh texts regarding saints in Wales.

Detail of woodwork at Hafod.
Stained glass at Llanwenllwyfo.
Scene from the Life of St Winifrede, at Holywell.

Sulien Books

art and craft, ancient and modern

News and events

New book on the stained glass at Llanwenllwyfo now available

This new book about the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century stained glass at Llanwenllwyfo, in northern Anglesey, is the most ambitious book published to date by Sulien Books.

The text is primarily the work of the late J.O. Hughes and his wife Catherine Hughes, and their notes were prepared by Avril Lloyd for publication, who also oversaw the translation for a parallel Welsh text. The book provides an introduction to the church and its patrons, which also explains how the stained glass was acquired by the family. There are illustrations and notes for all of the main panels.

In addition, I added a section about the dating and attribution of the glass, which has been a subject of debate for the last thirty-five years or more. I also contributed an article about the sixteenth-century glass for the November issue (104) of Vidimus. Copies of the book, with parallel English and Welsh texts, can be obtained from the church or from the Sulien Books website.

 

Lectures for November

I have recently given lectures on stained glass in Shrewsbury and in Bangor. The lecture on 17 November at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery introduced David Evans and the early Gothic Revival in the first half of the nineteenth century. This was part of the accompanying programme of events organised by the Friends of the Museum and Art Gallery to coincide with the Margaret Rope exhibition. David Evans was also relevant to the talk in Bangor for the North West Wales Art Fund at Storiel, Bangor, on the 22 November 2016. He made the figures for the east window of Bangor Cathedral in 1840 and 1843 (see my blog post about this commission), and the talk provided an introduction to the stained glass in the churches of Bangor, including those recently closed.

 

Two Exhibitions

Curious Travellers: Movement, Landscape, Art

Oriel Sycharth, Wrexham: 10 October – 16 December 2016

Resurgence: Diverse Manners Arts Group

Riverfront Art Gallery: 3 – 29 October 2016

This autumn I have participated in two group exhibitions, which opened in October. Both shows include new work based on the rood screen at the Church of All Saints, Gresford. I also spoke about the church at an event at Oriel Sycharth, with the poet Philip Gross, on 22 October, organised as part of the Curious Travellers project. The project is researching Romantic-period accounts of journeys into Wales, and I have also been contributing occasional posts for the Curious Travellers website.

 

Recent events

Society for Glass Technology Conference

Sheffield

8 September 2016

I participated in this year's History and Heritage section of the SGT Centenerary conference.

The paper considered the ways in which some of the most influential modernist stained glass artists have been influenced by medieval stained glass and sculpture. The medievalism of Victorian Gothic Revival stained glass has been well appreciated, but a continuing fascination with stained glass of an earlier medieval period by artists such as John Piper, Lawrence Lee and Wilhelmina Geddes has created competing medievalisms that have coloured our appreciation of much nineteenth- and early twentieth-century stained glass.

 

Scene/Unseen Exhibition

Allotment Gallery, Greenbelt Festival

29 August 2016

I brought a small selection of work to the festival for a temporary show, which included images based on the panels from the screen at Llananno as well as photographs of stained glass windows from churches in Wales.

 

Research Projects

I have been based at the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies since 1999. For a brief summary of the projects that I have been involved in at the Centre, see my staff page.